Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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king | embassy | murder | gate | legation | See All (54) »


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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jeff Goldblum is an extra in the crowd demonstrating in the scene outside of the embassy. See more »


Rachman Habib escapes from the embassy and crashes the black gate with the car. Columbo arrives at the crime scene shortly after the murder happened and interviews the guard. You can see some workmen fixing the gate which now is painted with dark red or brown primer. Even if it was possible to paint the gate in such a short time the primer still would be wet making it impossible for the workmen to handle it. See more »


Hassan Salah: A child tries; a man accomplishes.
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The Diplomat
25 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Hector Elizondo stars as Hassan Salah, an official with the middle-eastern country Suarian embassy, who murders(for vague reasons) the security chief in the embassy, and with the help of an aide(played by Sal Mineo) makes it look like the work of an anti-government intruder/protester. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) doesn't believe the official Suarian story of Hassan, but since the man has diplomatic immunity, how can he make an arrest? Perhaps the young Suarian king may turn out to be of assistance... Interesting premise with a memorable payoff, even if there is a certain degree of artificiality to the presentation of the foreign culture.

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